On September 2, 2015, the victim was found deceased from a gunshot wound in the parking garage of her apartment complex. Based on investigative efforts by the Dallas Police Department, Delgado is suspected of hiring two alleged co-conspirators to facilitate the murder. Both co-conspirators have been arrested and are currently in custody. Delgado is believed to have fled the country shortly after being interviewed by investigators.
Delgado has been charged with capital murder for her alleged crime, and a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on October 7, 2015. Delgado is a Mexican citizen, born Brenda Berenice Delgado Reynaga, on June 18, 1982. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5” tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She has a butterfly tattoo on the small of her back. Delgado has ties to Mexico, and investigators strongly believe she may currently be residing there.
The search for Delgado is being coordinated by the Dallas FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of FBI special agents and detectives from the Dallas and Garland Police Departments. Given that Delgado’s alleged crime involved the use of a firearm, she should be considered armed and dangerous.
“The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program is one of the most powerful tools we have to apprehend our country’s most dangerous criminals,” said Joseph Campbell, assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Community visibility and awareness of the program brings the eyes and ears of citizens around the world into the effort, which leads to the capture of these criminals.”
Thomas M. Class, Sr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, said, “Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone she involved in her calculated scheme. Although she didn’t pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, and through international publicity and a significant reward offering, we intend to find her and to bring her to justice.”
Robert Sherwin, deputy chief of the Dallas Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Division, said, “The evidence against Brenda Delgado has been gathered, the case has been filed by our detectives, a grand jury has indicted her, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. What is left to do is to bring her to justice and have her answer for this crime that shocked our community. I am thankful to Kendra’s family for their strength and for all of the individuals involved in adding Brenda Delgado to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.”
Delgado is the 506th person and the ninth woman to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, which was established in March 1950. Since then, 474 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 156 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to the arrest of Delgado. Individuals with information concerning Delgado should take no action themselves but are asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov. For possible sightings outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI’s Dallas Field Office can be reached at 972-559-5000. Additional information concerning Delgado, including her wanted poster and the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, can be found by visiting the FBI’s website at https://www.fbi.gov.